it carries with it heavy ethical responsibilities.”
S. Lucas, The Art of Public Speaking (2004)
Fortunately, as a member of the Professional Speakers Association, we have the PSASA Speakers Code, as ethical guidelines for our members.
When we signed our application form to become a member of the PSASA, do we remember signing a pledge at the bottom of the PSASA Speakers Code? Do we remember our pledge? Do we still remember it when preparing and delivering a presentation? Sometimes it’s easier said than done! As they say, only ‘Applied knowledge is power’. Knowing what to do, does not assist us unless we are practicing it!
How do speakers generally fair with their ethics, if we check our pledge and code?
I pledge myself to honesty and to honour my commitments; to continuously advance my professional expertise to ensure service to my clients shall always be maintained at the highest possible level.
I pledge myself to seek and maintain an equitable, honourable and cooperative association with fellow members of the Association and with all others who may become a part of my business and professional life.
I pledge myself to comply with the standards of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa as set forth in its Bylaws and this Code of Professional Ethics.
Click here for the full Speakers Code of Ethics
If you are a professional speaker but don’t belong to an association, then search for a speakers ethics code that will both support and challenge you, and rely on it as a guide for you, or perhaps you will benefit from belonging to PSASA.
Having an ethical code will not only ensure a more mindful approach in your business, but you will be able to respond more appropriately when next you are faced with ethical dilemmas.
Wishing you ethical speaking,